- Boy Mamabolo has found himself at the centre of yet another controversy after a recorded conversation earned him disapproval from the ANC
- The MP was heard swearing and even threatening to shoot a Sunday World journalist
- The ruling party has condemned Mamabolo's behaviour 'in the strongest possible terms'
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ANC MP Boy Mamabolo has been exposed for questionable behaviour after being caught on tape swearing at and even threatening to shoot a journalist.
The African National Congress has addressed the scandal and condemned the politician in a statement issued on Friday. The ruling party used the 'strongest possible terms' to distance itself from Mamabolo's behaviour:
“The ANC finds this conduct unacceptable and inconsistent with the values of the organisation. This behaviour is also not in keeping with what is expected of a public representative."
This comes after Sunday World journalist Ngwako Malatji exposed Mamabolo by releasing the contents of the conversation.
From promising to shoot the journalist to saying he would kick his 'testicles', Mamabolo was evidently not impressed with the line of questioning.
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ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says that the party would allow the law to take its course in addition to an internal investigation and possible action over the matter.
The intimidation of journalists, according to Mabe, would not be tolerated by the ANC:
“The ANC holds the view that a free and robust press is the lifeblood of our constitutional democracy. For the ANC, media freedom is sacrosanct and [we] will continue to defend the media’s right to report without fear or favour."
Malatji has opened two counts of intimidation against Mamabolo at the Mondeor police station in Johannesburg.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC MP had directly taken on Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema.
Mamabolo, who has ties to Malema's wife, claimed that the Red Beret leader was abusive, resulting in the couple laying defamation charges against him.
Both the ANC and EFF condemned the use of gender-based violence in the political arena and the charges were eventually dropped and a public apology issued.
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